Monday, June 11, 2012

Let Me Down Easy

Anna Deavere Smith's amazing one-woman show Let Me Down Easy.

Through her chameleon-like virtuosity, Anna Deavere Smith creates an indelible gallery of portraits, from a rodeo bull rider to a prize fighter to a New Orleans doctor during Hurricane Katrina, as well as boldface names like former Texas Governor Ann Richards, legendary cyclist Lance Armstrong, network film critic Joel Siegel, and supermodel Lauren Hutton.

Via PBS.


  1. Love this!

    Content note: If you finish the 20-minute preview here and click through to the full video on PBS, the rodeo guy around 24-25 minutes in says "rape" a lot as a metaphor.

  2. Fantastic performance. Fascinating characters. Absolutely loved it.

    Just wanted to add another content note for the full performance on PBS: around 52 minutes, a monologue describes a bad medical situation with a hostile gynecologist acting like a privileged, misogynistic asshole while treating and penetrating a patient.